While the Scotty Cameron may be the most sought after, there are other companies that deserve a look, especially if you want something that is uniquely yours. One of those is Nead Custom Putters. The Charlotte-based company is owned by Gene Nead, crew chief of the No. 98 Phil Parsons Racing team from the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, who began building putters as a hobby during his “quiet time” away from the track. “I really never thought of it as business until the last few years… it was just my quiet time.” MORE: Brilliant putting impressions | Unusual golf trophies | Golf balls that light up at night Nead’s “quiet time” activity has turned into a full-fledged artistic endeavor.
The New Orleans Saints released veteran receiver Lance Moore on Friday. Before the move was announced, Moore all but confirmed it with a note on Twitter. Moore wrote: ”Thank you New Orleans for an amazing nine years. Who Dat Nation, the best on earth!!!” Moore entered the NFL with Cleveland as an undrafted free agent out of Toledo in 2005 and joined the Saints’ practice squad later that season.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are bringing back quarterback Chad Henne – and making him the starter. Henne’s deal includes $4.5 million guaranteed in the first year and comes four days before the beginning of free agency and one day before Henne could have started negotiating with other teams. Coach Gus Bradley made it clear on a conference call that the plan is for Henne to be the starter, even if the general manager Dave Caldwell selects a quarterback with the No. 3 pick in the May draft. ”If we did go that route, where we did bring in a quarterback at No. 3, we’d like to create an environment where that quarterback could come in and just put all of his focus on preparation and learning without the distractions that come with it.
Suspended South Carolina coach Frank Martin apologized to fans for his harsh words aimed at Gamecocks point guard Duane Notice in the loss to No. 1 Florida this week. ”I can’t do anything other than apologize,” Martin said Friday in a press conference to address the suspension. He already apologized to Notice and is not travelling with the team to its regular-season finale at Mississippi State on Saturday. Martin will resume his duties before the Gamecocks play in the Southeastern Conference tournament next week.
No. 2 Wichita State is still perfect. The top-seeded Shockers stayed unbeaten with an 80-58 romp over Evansville in the quarterfinals of the Missouri Valley tournament Friday. ”I love how this team goes about their business, their approach and how resolute they are,” coach Gregg Marshall said. ”Fantastic to see what they’re doing,” Evansville guard D.J. Balentine said after scoring 31 points.
Someday in the future, Kyle Busch would love to emulate his older brother’s attempt to run the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 in the same day. He just doesn’t think he should do the double until he’s got a NASCAR series championship in his trophy case. ”I’ve thought about doing that for years,” Kyle Busch said Friday at his hometown Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Hope he don’t get too wore out.” He understands the challenges faced May 25 by Kurt Busch, who won his series championship in 2004.
Kansas City Royals right-hander Luke Hochevar will have Tommy John surgery that will sideline the pitcher for the season. Hochevar felt a twinge in his elbow on the next-to-last pitch of a scoreless two-inning outing Monday against the Chicago White Sox. An MRI on Tuesday revealed a major tear of the ulnar collateral ligament. ”What I didn’t want to hear,” Hochevar said Friday.
This could be it for Jabari Parker at Duke. His final game at Cameron Indoor Stadium could come Saturday night when No. 4 Duke hosts rival North Carolina – if the freshman phenom jumps to the NBA after the season, as most outsiders always assumed he would do. ”A deciding factor is where I’m going to grow the most, whether it’s in the NBA or even in college, the learning experiences that I need as far as (growing as) a basketball player.” The Wooden Award finalist has been the most consistent player for Duke (23-7, 12-5 Atlantic Coast Conference). He could become the first Duke freshman to lead the team in scoring and rebounds.
Edwards, a two-time winner (2008, 2011) at the 1.5-mile track, turned a lap of 191.980 mph in the No. 99 Roush Fenway Racing Ford. Jimmie Johnson, the six-time series champion who leads the series with four career Las Vegas victories, claimed the third-best lap on the leaderboard at 191.137 mph.